Healthy teeth begin with clean teeth because clean teeth help prevent decay from forming on the tooth surface and continuing to erode the surface of the tooth. Similarly, clean gums can go a long way towards keeping periodontal disease in Forest Hills at bay. Our periodontist, Dr. Len Schwarzbaum, DDS stresses the prevention of tooth and gum problems as a better approach to good dental health than allowing problems to arise and having to restore the teeth and gums afterwards. As part of the preventative program along with daily at-home tooth brushing and flossing our practice recommends regular checkups and periodontal cleanings.
A periodontal maintenance cleaning is an advanced cleaning procedure that specifically targets bacteria, plaque and tartar buildup along the surfaces of the teeth and gum line to facilitate gum health. The periodontal cleaning typically goes above and beyond regular teeth cleanings and generally are scheduled after completion of a periodontal treatment. Periodontal cleanings may also be scheduled more often than dental cleanings in order to remove bacteria colonies and plaque before they can affect the gums and begin to form gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease in Forest Hills. When performed after a periodontal treatment these cleanings can lessen the chances of a recurrence of gum disease. Gum disease can separate the gums from the teeth and cause tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw if not treated. The worse the disease gets the deeper the pocket. The pocket can get so deep that the remaining gum can no longer support the tooth, which will be lost. Gum disease can become so severe (periodontitis) that it can lead to loss of bone material in the underlying jaw. Our practice treats mild gingivitis through regular dental and gum cleanings, which will usually clear up the disease after a cleaning or two. For more advanced cases of gingivitis our doctors perform a procedure called scaling and root planing.
For even more severe cases of periodontal disease in Forest Hills the best treatment is often pocket reduction surgery, either through traditional or laser surgery. Make an appointment with our office to evaluate the state of your gums.